Now that summer is in full swing, we’re all watching our lawns blossom and keeping a regular schedule for trimming them. Since kids are out of school, it’s a natural chore for them to keep them busy.
In 2009, approximately 247,000 people were treated for lawnmower accidents. 18,000 of these incidents involved children under the age of 19 according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since 2008, lawnmower related injuries have increased by 7%.
Since the summer mowing season is upon us, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons are teaming together to educate homeowners, especially those with kids, the importance of lawnmower safety.
Many lawnmower injuries require specialists from several areas including plastic surgery, microsurgery, pediatrics and orthopaedics to name a few.
“Lawn mower injuries often include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, limb amputations, broken and dislocated bones, burns, and eye injuries,” said ASPS President Michael McGuire, MD. “Most are caused by careless use and can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips.”
Continue reading for 8 tips on preventing lawnmower injuries at your home this summer.
- Only let kids 12 and older operate a push mower – 16 and up for a riding mower
- Never have children ride as passengers on a riding mower
- Wear sturdy shoes when mowing, not sandals
- Keep young children away from the area you’re mowing
- To prevent injuries from flying objects, pick up stones, dog toys and any other debris before mowing
- Wear eye and hearing protection when mowing
- Only use a mower that has a control that stops it from moving forward if the handle is released
- Only pull backward or mow in reverse if it’s absolutely necessary and make sure no one is behind you if you must do it
Following these tips when mowing your lawn will ensure your summer will be safe, happy and healthy. While helping accident victims regain their natural looks after an accident is very rewarding work in one respect, we’d rather not have to do it in the first place, saving people from the trauma and hassle of undergoing several surgeries.
If you’re looking for reconstructive surgery to help restore your pre-accident condition, consider contacting Florida reconstructive surgeons at Accent Aesthetics today for a free evaluation.